TC Auto Show Gives Sneak Peak At The Near Future

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twin Cities Auto Show kicked off Saturday and show producers say they’re expecting one of the biggest crowds they’ve seen in years.

When you consider car sales have hit a four-year high, it’s easy to see why. February car sales were the best since February of 2008.

According to popular car website, the bounce can be credited to the large number of sales incentives being offered by automakers.

Here’s a sneak peak at the latest and greatest in car features that had show-goers talking.

There was no question on which cars drew the most attention. All you have to do look for crowding.

Show Director Scott Lambert gave a look at the future by showing the Prius prototype — a car that’s about to be in production, but that you can’t find just yet on dealership floors.

The Prius prototype says goodbye to keys. As long as the key fab is near, all you have to do is push a button to get the engine started. The prototype also bids farewell to the traditional stick shift, and displays what looks to be a mini-stick.

“It’s just nothing,” Lambert said. “It used to be three on the tray or four on the floor, that’s how far we’ve come in the technology.”

Hyundai has a new model that had show-goers gawking. A cooler sits comfortably in the pull-down back seat.

As you may expect, the most expensive car on the lot also had features worth mentioning.

“There’s a reason why it’s called a smart car,” said Bentley Sales Specialist Kristian “KG” Goldsmith.

The 2011 GTC Bentley features neck warmers and even built-in electronic massage chairs.

“Only the male cows are used to make the interior level of the vehicle. They don’t use the females, bulls only,” Goldsmith said.

Also, every seat in the car is hand-sewn. At the price of $241,000, you might have to put it on next year’s wish list.

The 39th Annual Twin Cities Auto Show runs through Sunday, March 18. You can find tickets and information at:

  • Richard in Minneapolis

    “Only the male cows are used to make the interior level of the vehicle.”

    Male cows???? Ahhhh, I’ve got news for Kristian Goldsmith. There is no such thing as a male cow.

  • M

    This is a sad excuse for an article. They have had key less start cars for at least several years, who can really or would want to waste that much money on a Bentley. You could by 2 cheap houses for that price. A cooler in the back seat. You can’t just put one in the back seat of the car you already have and use a cooler you already have?

  • Me

    Uh, sneak peek maybe vs. peak, key fob vs. key fab.

  • need more taxes

    Did he just write about the keyless fob with pushbutton startt? Is he stuck in a 2004 timewarp?

  • Ricky Racer

    Neck warmers? Great, there are cases of heated seat, and laptop computer syndrome being reported from heated car seats, and heat from laptop computers slow cooking peoples private parts. Now we can slow cook our tonsils too.

  • Liquid Nails

    Give the writer a break. It’s Sunday!

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